Michael Feldman wrote: > > See: > > > > http://www.winternet.com/~stachour/ada/GPS-Ada.html > > > > -- Karl -- > > > Thanks for the tip; I've seen this article before and I think it's > in the "success story" lists. > > This 1995 piece by Pauk Pukite is interesting and tantalizing but > not quite clear on the state of Ada in commercially sold GPS boxes. > Here is the relevant paragraph: > > "Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa invented and developed a GPS > satellite communications board with software written in Ada in the > mid-1980's. They have installed the board in commercial airplanes, > trains, as > well as a demonstration van to show-off the technology to auto makers. > In > 1991, the Ada-run NavCore V GPS modules were sold to OEM manufacturers > > for around $450. At the time, it was the world's smallest commercial > 5-channel GPS module, providing position, velocity, and time data. The > > target, the Advanced Architecture Microprocessor II (AAMPS2) includes > 25,000 lines of Ada code. The market for the 2.5" x 5" module includes > > navigational systems for airplanes, commercial fishing boats, trains, > yachts, > etc." > > Note: much is said about the potential market, and how R-C installed > the board in various vehicles to show it off, etc., but it is > impossible to determine from this paragraph whether _indeed_ the > currently fielded, commercial, mass-produced GPS boxes, such as one > finds increasingly in Hertz and Avis rental cars, have "Ada inside." > > The question remains open. > > Is anyone out there close enough to this stuff to know > for sure how to answer it? I am. Yes, these units have Ada code in them if they are the Navcore Vs. Ada code that I wrote is in them. Is this close enough? Scott Carpenter, Staff Computer Scientist Rockwell Collins, Inc.